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Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do inactivated rabies vaccines elicit cell mediated immunity(t-cells) aside from just antibody production?
Activated rabies vac: Yes. They activate dendritic cells and presumptively enhance immune function in that fashion. J virol 2011 feb; 85(4) :1634-44. ...Read more
Do unvaccinated children's immune systems strengthen viral infections that are passed to vaccinated children? (Colds or flu)
No: No evidence to support your suspicion.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unclear question: Immune system normally makes all types of antibodies in very small amounts. Vaccines increase the amount of antibodies to the antigens in the vaccine. ...Read more
No: The funny thing is that 10 -20 times more antigens, the components that trigger our immune system, were given 40 years ago than today, yet this issue is raised. The baby is exposed to more antigens in a play group than all shots combined. Research studies have repeatedly proven that simultaneous vaccinations cause no significant problems to the child's immune response. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!
No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more
Possibly: Check with your school district. Some schools may. But your pediatrician should definitely have the shot available. It is recommended that all children ages 6months and older get the shot- this really helps decrease the rate of flu and protects the most vulnerable in our society(young babies and the elderly) from contracting it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Natural resistance: Innate immunity refers to the ability of your body, working all the time, to fend off things that might be harmful. It sometimes goes awry and causes auto-immune diseases that are a considerable problem (arthritis, lupus, many others). But we depend on innate immunity to survive in our biologically hostile world. ...Read more
Not really: As a live attenuated vaccine, we avoid them in immunocompromised people. Most people have been immunized with MMR as children anyway but if an HIV infected person who is susceptible to measles is in the midst of a measles outbreak, the measles vaccine is way better than wild type measles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Separate diseases: Measles vaccine addresses the measles which is a very harsh illness in kids.German measles is a different germ & actually a much milder disease in kids, but a devastating cause of miscarriage, birth defects, blindness & mental deficiency in babies who get it in the womb. ...Read more
Hi my measles IgG antibody -ve(57.35IU/L),mumps IgG antibody -ve(2.72 RU/ml),rubella IgG antibody -ve(<10 IU/ml)what should i do?can i get vaccinated?
By all means: This would be a great idea.Get a more detailed answer ›
It does!: You have a misunderstanding. Our immunity does defeat most STDs. Gonorrhea and chlamydia clear up within a few weeks or months, without treatment. HPV is cleared by the immune system, usually in a year or two. Immunity limits but does not cure syphilis. It doesn't clear herpes. Same for non-STD infections: immunity clears colds and most pneumonia, but often not tuberculosis, for example. ...Read more
I have Primary Immune Deficiency, MS, POTS, RA, Raynauds, etc... no response to pneumovax or prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine). ANAs always neg. Sero-negative. Please help!
Workup and Mgt: There are many PIDs and some are associated with autoimmune disease. Since there is so much variation, the diagnosis can be difficult. If you are prone to infections, the pattern of the infections, type and location will help your physician determine the diagnosis and treatment. If you have lung involvement, an HRCT is helpful. Most PIDs involve B cells and I would advise B cell studies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers